History

The Electoral Reform Society, which was established in 1884 as an autonomous campaigning organisation with no shareholders, originally set up Electoral Reform Services Limited in the mid-1980s to run ballots and elections and to provide related services. The Society still holds a minority shareholding in the Company and is funded by a dividend but Electoral Reform Services has complete financial and operational independence from the Society or any other organisation.

 

Vote Counting at ERS in 1920

From the beginning, the Society has sought to raise the standards of probity and honesty involved with ballots and elections and has built a reputation for integrity and impartiality that is recognised internationally. More than a century after its inception, the Society found that demand for its services was increasing as organisations in many fields became more willing to resolve issues through ballot and consultation. To meet the growing need for direct ballot management, Electoral Reform Ballot Services was constituted as a separate company in 1988.

Reflecting the broad range of services that we provide today, we are now known simply as Electoral Reform Services. Under this banner we offer the benefits of over 119 years' experience of best practice in election, ballot and consultative process administration.

Ballot design, electoral list preparation, secure printing, mailing and counting are all conducted and project-managed on our premises. This guarantees the security and accountability of our projects and ensures a joined-up and cost-effective service. Our reputation has been acknowledged by gaining consultative status with the United Nations and the Company has been specified in Acts of Parliament as an independent scrutineer.

At Electoral Reform Services, our future is as important to us as our history. Today we continue to refine, modernise and improve voting methods and processes to deliver the best quality service available at a fair, transparent and accessible price. We are working with a number of clients to move towards more cost-effective and environmentally friendly technologies such as online, telephone and SMS voting. All this is undertaken whilst remaining true to the values upon which we were founded: quality, integrity and impartiality.